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Shaunee Morgan L’19

Shaunee’s resume/work combines an interest in anti-poverty initiatives and the experience of (im)migrants. Prior to law school, she worked as a legal advocate at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project representing food stamp and welfare recipients in administrative hearings. Her efforts resulted in the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars for individuals who had been unlawfully denied benefits or had their existing cases closed. She identified and helped to close gaps in city policy and accessibility to benefits for LGBTQI+ individuals and immigrants by participating in citywide taskforces. She has also worked on appeals for individuals denied federal disability benefits and has lent her knowledge to sustainable development programs in rural northern Ecuador.

Shaunee spent 3 years as a volunteer advisory committee member of Citizenship Now!, an organization providing free immigration services to communities in and around New York City. In this role, she assisted in updating training material, conducted trainings, and provided programmatic support for various organizational initiatives. Her dedication and efforts were recognized in 2015 when she received the organization’s leadership award.

Shaunee received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania where she focused her studies on migration and the creation of identity within the Black Diaspora. She then received a Master’s of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shaunee is a former all-American track and field athlete who enjoys Afro-futuristic science fiction and soapmaking. She is originally from the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica.